We are in the process of revising our policies. Our current policy regarding changing of needleless connectors states that they will be changed every 7 days and after blood draws. I know many are changing their connectors every 72 hours and after blood draws. Can anyone cite specific published literature to help support our decision on this? Also, our products committee will not support the connector change after blood draws, and I have just been told that staff are removing the connector, drawing blood, then reapplying the same connector, after reportedly laying the old connector on a sterile field. I disagree with this practice, but need some support to affect change. The argument is that the connectors are too expensive to be changed with blood draws, and some patients are having blood drawn every few hours.
Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes, BS, RN, CRNi
University of Louisville Hospital